Philadelphia is one of the most unique places in the country, and in our humble opinion, one of the nicest. But locals always view a place differently than a tourist will. Let’s take a look at the 5 things that Liberty City is best known for.
1. Philly Cheesesteak & Beer
The thing most synonymous with the city of Philadelphia is the Philly Cheesesteak. There are a few well known establishments, “Pat’s” and “Geno’s” (which we can’t recommend, but we do have a list of the best places to get a cheesesteak here) being the two most beloved ones, but the food has developed quite the following. It is essentially a hoagie with beef, cheese, onions and peppers that is completely unique to the area. Since it became popular, the Philly Cheesesteak is a staple all around the world. Many try to emulate it, but few are as successful as some of the businesses based in the town the sandwich originates from.
Philadelphia is also really well known for its craft beer scene. In the city of Benjamin Franklin, the craft beer scene is something to be proud of having. There are a significant number of famous breweries and businesses open in the city of Philadelphia that give the city its own flavor. Pennsylvania hosts some of the country’s longest serving and in operations breweries in general. There are specific areas in Philly that have a bunch of both the delicious cheesesteak and amazing craft brews like South Street.
2. Liberty Bell
Philadelphia’s biggest tourist attraction is probably the Liberty Bell. In general, the bell serves as a symbol of American Independence and is something that is visited by masses of people on a regular basis. The Liberty Bell has a famous crack in it and is now kept safely in a viewable area open to anyone. The Liberty Bell is said to have chimed on July 8, 1776 to gather citizens of Philadelphia to listen to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. One of the great things about Philadelphia is seeing the true birthplace of America and the Liberty Bell represents that to everyone.
3. Independence Hall & Old City
Along with the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, almost directly across the street. If you have ever looked at the back of an $100 bill, you will find this spot there. Its significance in American culture is significant because it was where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were written. In addition, tbe building was also the original host of the Liberty Bell. Anyone interested in U.S. history will make both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall a must stop.
In addition, Philadelphia has a well known area nearby that reflects both the tone and architecture of this period. This is known as “Old City” and is an area that has more history than nearly anywhere else in America. There are additional sites like the Betsy Ross House and Carpenters’ Hall that are considered important parts of American history.
4. Sports Fans
The Philadelphia sports fans are one of a kind. They have a reputation for sure. The fanbase is rabid, whether it is for the Eagles, the 76ers, the Phillies or the Flyers. This fanbase is definitely something that can’t be ignored when living or visiting the town.
The fact that the city plays host to all four major North American sports means there’s always something to cheer for or against. Philadelphia fans have a reputation for being the most diehard of them all. After the Eagles recent Super Bowl victory, fans climbed light poles. They will constantly boo a player after he is drafted if he isn’t the right fit. Philly fans will burn jerseys and throw beer bottles. Perhaps the best known story is when fans threw snowballs at a man dressed as Santa Claus. There is no doubt at all that the Philly “Fanatics” aren passionate.
Philadelphia is also known for its quite well known art scene. The city hosts the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art also known as “The Rocky Steps” that has some of the best art in the country on display.
In addition, the city is host to one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, the University of the Arts. Then there’s the Rodin Museum which is the host to “The Thinker” and has a number of things to check out.
Finally, Philadelphia is host to more places well known for art that include the Barnes foundation which is one of the world’s best collections of impressionist art. Not to mention there are numerous galleries and spaces where artists thrive in Philadelphia.